Kenya’s Boniface Mucheru Tumuti has left many surprised after storming his way to a silver medal in the men’s 400 metres hurdles on Thursday, August 18, at the Rio Olympics.
Mucheru finished behind Kerron Clement who won United States the coveted gold.
Mucheru finishing the race in the second position is a shocker considering Kenyan athletes are known mostly for long and mid distance races.
Yasmani Copello of Turkey took the bronze medal with another Kenyan in the race Haron Koech finishing a disappointing seventh position.
Mucheru is a creating a niche for himself in the process putting Kenya on the short races map thanks to his presence in disciplines that have not traditionally been seen as Kenya’s forte.
He is following in the footsteps of now renown javelin thrower Julius Yego.
Earlier on, Yego made it to the final after registering a throw of 83.60 metres as the event got underway on the night of Wednesday, August 17, at the Olympic Stadium, Rio de Janeiro.
The world champion started off on the wrong footing throwing 78.88m on his first attempt before making a wrong throw on the second attempt. He quickly recovered on the final throw to go slightly above the qualifying mark with 83.60m.
Yego who is popularly known as the YouTube Man (the platform he used to teach himself the sport), was competing in Group B, one that was won by Trinidad and Tobago’s Keshorn Walcott with season best throw of 88.68m. Germany’s Johannes Vetter was second with 85.96m while Japan’s Royhei Arai placed third with 84.16m.
The men javelin finals are slated for Sunday, August 21, at the Olympic Stadium.